Was Marissa Alexander Failed by the Justice System?
Florida's 10-20-Life Law
A jury convicted Alexander of three counts of aggravated assault in May 2012. Sentenced under the state's "10-20-Life" law, her 20-year sentence was a mandatory minimum. Enacted in 1999 and credited with lowering crime rates, the law mandates that anyone who pulls a gun while committing certain felonies faces a mandatory 10 years in prison. If the gun is fired, it's 20 years, and a 25-year-to-life sentence awaits a person who kills or injures someone. (Photo: REUTERS/Rick Wilking /Landov)